Among the most versatile musicians and producers of his generation, Terrace Martin has worked extensively with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lalah Hathaway, and Herbie Hancock, and as a leader has a Grammy nomination to show for his creative synthesis of jazz, R&B, and hip-hop. The first record the young Martin bought was EPMD's single "You Gots to Chill." While his love of hip-hop continued to grow, he also began to appreciate jazz through his father, a drummer. After playing keyboards for several years as a teenager, Martin picked up the saxophone and within a few years landed a gig with P. Diddy. Shortly thereafter, he began a long-term association with Snoop Dogg and gained a college scholarship via Jay Leno after the Tonight Show Band's Kevin Eubanks heard his playing.
Martin kicked off his production career in 2004 with work for 213, Shawnna, and others, and in 2005 he worked with a pair of West Coast legends, landing a track with Warren G along with three cuts on the collection Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents: Welcome to tha Chuuch - Da Album. Snoop also gave Martin his first production credit on a single when "Neva Have 2 Worry" dropped in 2008. That same year he released the mixtape Locke High with DJ Drama as host. The year 2010 saw him partnering with DJ Devi Dev on the mixtape Here, My Dear. In 2011 he joined forces with rapper Murs for Are Melrose, and worked with Devi Dev on the Sex EP. The next year, Martin contributed to Kendrick Lamar's breakthrough, good kid, m.A.A.d city. His first solo album, 3ChordFold, arrived in 2013 with appearances from Lamar, Snoop, Ab-Soul, Robert Glasper, and others.
During the next few years, Martin racked up an assortment of credits on albums by Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, and YG, among others. Signed to the Ropeadope label, he released Velvet Portraits in 2016. Featuring Glasper, Thundercat, and Lalah Hathaway, the album's relaxed grooves were recognized with a Grammy nomination in the category of Best R&B Album. Continued studio sessions and live activity with numerous collaborators, including Herbie Hancock, preceded 2017's Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1. Credited to the Pollyseeds, it was another multi-genre work, and involved the likes of Glasper, Kamasi Washington, and Rose Gold.
Sunday, April 5th 7-11pm 21+ Followed by Church of Hive (Mystic Ball tickets cover Hive entry)
The Mystic Ball emerges in celebration of humankind's innate creativity and aptitude for innovation. An Imaginarium where dreamers are encouraged to express the personification of their most empowered, mystical essence.
A glimmering realm of magic & enchantment awaits your arrival... Inspired by the decadent masquerades of yore, with a twist of archaic whimsy ~ The Mystic Ball is an immersive, otherworldly extravaganza brimming with unlimited potential, where YOU are the crowning star and authentic expression reigns supreme.
Dance with delight between shadow and light, midst the gossamer court of the Fey ~ Where dragons grant wishes to wizards and witches and goblins are keen to play.
From the producer of The Mystic Parlor, Salon L'Orient and Bogville - The 2020 Inaugural Mystic Ball weaves together a bewitching bouquet of live music, world-class performance art, whimsical decor, nostalgia driven - cutting edge DJ's, Oracles, Interactive Altars, a photo booth and an arraignment of uniquely gifted vendors in our Grand Esoteric Bazaar.
High Fantasy cosplay &/or beguiling ballroom regalia is mandatory! Humans attempting entry before the clock strikes 11, dressed in muggle attire (jeans, sneakers, scrunchies etc.) will be bio-glitter bombed and heckled by trolls.
2020 ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP:
SHATTER SPELL The Sonic Living Theatre Operetta by Subaqueous & Valôurian Theatre with live vocals by Marya Stark Featuring Company Dancers: Tiare Valôuria SolAura Pearl Nova Nova Rachel Smith Memorie Eden Samantha Jones Autumn Sage Kalimah Maya Medina Sefana Wilde Ayla Realta & Anastasia Euthanasia
'Shatter Spell' is a Dance Theater Operetta Portrayal of key historical and mythical archetypes who have influenced the shattering of spells of the powers that wish to enslave humanity. Valôurian Theatre joins forces with Subaqueous and the live vocals of Marya Stark. Together they build a mythic world, telling a timeless story of awakening, inspiration and magic.
From Oracles and Fairy Queens to Dragon Guardians and Wizards, this is a story realm where anything is possible and liberation is inevitable. Come Explore the world of Shatter Spell at the link below to get a visual and audio preview of the show. www.shatterspell.weebly.com
Live Orchestral Folk Music by STRANGE & THE FAMILIARS (Storytelling Soul Strings & the Eldritch Waltz) www.strangeandthefamiliars.com
DAR of LIVING PRISM (Curated nostalgic DJ Set) www.livingprism.us
Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups, including the uniquely spiritual and powerful Shabaka & the Ancestors.
The project was formed in early 2016, leading to their debit album later that year Wisdom of Elders; a document of sessions combining Hutchings with a group of South African jazz musicians he’d long admired. His connection to the group was Mandla Mlangeni (bandleader of the Amandla Freedom Ensemble), whom he’d flown there to play with over the past few years. Recorded across just one day, the group drew on their South African lineage – heroes like Zim Ngquwana and Bheki Mseleku – to bring their own slant to the American jazz lineage being reconfigured in Hutchings’ compositions themselves.
In early 2020, the group will return with their hotly anticipated second album, released on the iconic Impulse! Label, home to the spiritual jazz legend John Coltrane.
Hutchings has three primary projects – Shabaka and the Ancestors, Sons of Kemet and Comet is Coming. Between them, Hutchings has gathered a substantial number of awards and nominations, including winning the 2013 MOBO ‘Jazz Act of the Year’, winner of the 2014 Paul Hamlyn Composer Award, 2015 Jazz FM Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’, 2016 Mercury Music Prize nomination, 2017 Jazz FM Awards ‘UK Jazz Act of the Year’, 2018 Jazz FM Awards ‘Jazz Innovation of the Year’ and a 2018 Mercury Music Prize nomination.
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